It’s only 11 weeks – less than 3 months – until this year’s Fun Palaces weekend, and we’re working hard to make sure the Boundary Estate Fun Palace is something the whole community will want to be part of. We really do have something for everyone and we’re still talking with people who are interested in taking part.
Here’s what we have planned so far…
Across at least four Boundary Estate courtyards and in St. Hilda’s East Community Centre there will be events going on from 10am until 6pm on Saturday 1st. October. All events will be free, and all places being used will be wheelchair accessible.
In St. Hilda’s there will be refreshments for sale throughout the day – we hope some of the community groups who use St. Hilda’s will prepare dishes from around the world and there’ll be a tea room with home-made cakes and biscuits.
There will be a number of arts workshops where you’ll be able to try your hand at pottery with Polly George, portrait making with Dan Jones or printmaking with Deb Scott, and talk about writing with Roger Mills, a creative writing tutor. Tower Hamlets Sings will be holding singing workshops and we hope that enough people will take part so that a Boundary Fun Palace choir can sing us to a close on the day! Cycling enthusiasts will be able to learn the basics of bicycle care with Tower Hamlets Wheelers.
London Metropolitan Archives will be holding local history workshops where you’ll be able to find out the real history of the Old Nichol and the Boundary Estate as well as pointers to finding out how to track down your family history. Stefan Dickers of Bishopsgate Institute will be talking about some of the famous photographs of the east-end held by the Bishopsgate Library Archives and sharing the secrets of taking photos that will provide interest and clues to historians of the future. The Cable Street Group will be on hand to talk about the Battle of Cable Street whose 80th anniversary is on 4th October.
We’re talking with Queen Mary University and we hope there’ll be eye-opening and thought provoking science workshops and talks from some of their team – keep your eyes peeled for more information on this before too long!
Plus there will be stalls providing information on all manner of community groups and organisations.
We’re still getting offers from people who want to share their skills, from knitters and stitchers to cooks and gardeners. If you want to take part as a contributor or a Fun Palace Maker please get in touch – we’ll need lots of help getting ready for the day and on the day itself.
So far we’ve had great help and support from St. Hilda’s East, Boundary Community Launderette, Tower Hamlets Homes, Tower Hamlets Council Community Payback & Volunteers team, Rich Mix, Brick Lane Bookshop.
We are looking for…
A good value and dependable printing company, funding, volunteers – if you can help please let us know. (Oh – and we want great weather at all Fun Palace venues please!)
We’ll be blogging again soon.